What to Do to Wash Your Hands the Right Way

March 13, 2020
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Public health officials worldwide stress that washing hands is perhaps the best way to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. However, the sad truth is that many people just don't know proper and effective hand-washing techniques. The Wall Street Journal offers the following suggestions.

Use soap. Soap acts as a surfactant, releasing bacteria's hold on your skin when mixed with water. Soap can also dissolve the coronavirus' outer membrane.

Clean all parts of your hands. Wash fingertips, between fingers and the back of your hands. Ensure you rinse soap off completely to avoid drying out your hands. The entire process should take about 20 seconds.

Dry hands completely. Moist environments are good for germs, so make sure that you take your time and ensure your hands are dry.

Use hand sanitizer if you can't wash. Ensure it has an alcohol content of 60 percent or above, and let it work on your skin for about 10 seconds before moving on.